The Ministry of Community & Social Services manages and delivers the ODSP program. If you are eligible, this program can help with living expenses, like food and housing; or help you to find a job.

You may be eligible if you have a physical or mental condition that:

  • Is continuous or recurrent, and will impair you for a long period of time

  • Restricts your ability to care for yourself, or function in the community

If you are in immediate need, contact Employment & Social Services and we can help you with the ODSP application process.

Your Ontario Works caseworker will give you a Disability Determination Package for you and your health care provider(s) to fill out.

Specialized ministry staff will review your completed package to determine if you meet the program’s definition of a person with a disability.

The program’s definition of a person with a disability is found in the ODSP Act.

Meeting the definition means that:

  • you have a substantial mental or physical impairment that is continuous or recurrent, and is expected to last one year or more and

  • your impairment directly results in a substantial restriction in your ability to work, care for yourself, or take part in community life and

  • your impairment, its duration and restrictions have been verified by an approved health care professional

ODSP offers:

  • financial assistance to help you and your family with essential living expenses

  • benefits, including prescription drugs, dental services and vision care

  • help finding and keeping a job, and advancing your career

The program has two parts:

Income Support provides financial assistance and other benefits to eligible people. This can include accommodation and basic living expenses as well as prescription drugs and basic dental care.

The Employment Supports program provides good and services to eligible people with disabilities to help overcome barriers to employment. This program is designed for people with disabilities who want to work, but need specific supports to help them prepare for, obtain and keep a job in their community. 

A person with a disability who wants to work may qualify for employment supports even if they are not eligible for income support.

For more information on how ODSP can help you, visit the Ministry’s web site  or contact your local ODSP office.